IFC Centre to Screen Crown Heights in August

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The IFC Centre, New York will host the screening of the 2017 American biographical drama film Crown Heights on August 25.

Based on true life events, Crown Heights is written and directed by Matt Ruskin. Adapted from This American Life Podcast, the film tells the true story of Colin Warner who was wrongfully convicted of murder, and how his best friend Carl King devoted his life to proving Warner’s innocence. The film stars Colin Warner, Nnamdi Asomugha, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Nestor Carbornell and Zach Grenier.

Formerly a cornerback, Asomugha made a switch from football to acting and movie production in 2013. He has produced a several indie movies and says he had to learn a lot about acting in the last couple of years.

“When I retired and went into acting, the No. 1 for me was to prepare the same way I prepared for football,” Asomugha said. “Became a student again, humbled myself, just did the work that was needed. I did a lot of body work, movement work, voice work for this role because it had to age…

“I talked to a lot of people that switched careers. Not necessarily to acting, but switched jobs. Becoming a student again is the thing that always kept coming up. If you go into it thinking, ‘Well, I can master this because of what I did in my previous job,’ that’s where you fail. It’s been a lot of work, but I’m excited to continue to work” he concluded.

His compatriot Akinnagbe, is much more experienced and has starred in several movies and shows including Mall, Knucklehead, Detour, Independence Day Resurgence, The Wire, The Goodwife, Graceland, 24: Live Another Day and The Following.

Crown Heights premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017 and won the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film.

Oyindamola Olaniyan holds a B.sc in Botany from Lagos State University. Broadly experienced in this area, her core expertise includes social media management, content development and brand identity.

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